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The main objective of The Astronomical Society of Glasgow is to promote an interest in Astronomy. Membership of the Society is open to everyone; and all ages are welcomed. While the lecture program is free, its only a small part of what the Society offers. By joining the Society, all the extra benefits below are available.

  • Access to the Acre Road observatory twice a month from October through to March where you can use the computer driven 16" Meade LX200 telescope, and learn a little more about observing, and hopefully if the skies are clear see some fantastic views of some of the amazing sights the universe has to offer.
  • Darker skies observing evenings held at Mugdock Country Park just outside Glasgow where we have slightly darker skies to observe under. Members bring along their own telescopes, and the Society's telescopes are available for members to look through. So if you're looking to purchase a new telescope, this could be the best way to try out many different scopes under darker skies and ask all the questions you want to from people who own the scopes!
  • Darker Skies weekend, held at Blencathra Fields Studies Centre, outside Keswick in the Lake District, where some of the darkest skies in Scotland can be found. A truly fantastic weekend of observing, that is only available to members.
  • Monthly Newsletter

All these extra benefits are available with membership to the Astronomical Society of Glasgow. Membership costs £20 per year for over 16s, and is free for 16s and under.

Please note that the Society is in the process of transitioning from the old ASG to our new form as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (or SCIO for short) which will be called "The Astronomical Society of Glasgow SCIO" registered charity number SC049446.  The old ASG is being dissolved with the permission of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), hence the application form being removed, and the new ASG SCIO will be ready to accept membership applications from early October 2020.  Please check back then to download the new membership application form.

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Please be assured that the personal information supplied by you to the Society is treated confidentially and is used purely for administrative purposes and will not be disclosed to any third party. Also note that although membership for Junior members (16 and under) is free, we do still need a completed membership form so we can send you our Newsletter and membership card.

The ASG Council has roles and responsibilities as laid out in the Constitution. The Council meets regularly, and members may view the minutes of Council meetings.

The office holders for 2019-2020, and their assigned responsibilities, are as follows:

Paul Makin

President
ETMO Working Group
ASG Webmaster

Julian Gibson

Vice President
Membership Secretary
ASG Webmaster
ETMO Working Group
PVG Representative
Data Controller
Outreach (various)
Acre Road Support
Constitution Working Group
ASG Telescope Custodian

Andrew Conway

Vice President
ETMO Working Group (project lead)
Acre Road Support

Craig McNey

Vice President
Constitution Working Group (lead)
Newsletter Sub Editor (review)
Roukenglen Point of Contact
Acre Road Point of Contact (Univ. of Glasgow)
ASG Event Rota Contact
ASG Telescope Custodian

David Degan

Secretary
Summer Outing Organiser
Kelvingrove Point of Contact
Roukenglen & RSPB Outreach
Society Supplies Buyer

Alex Dumitriu

Treasurer
ETMO Working Group (hardware lead)
Society Deputy Webmaster
ASG Telescope Custodian

Henry Bryce-Smith

Ordinary Council Member
ETMO Working Group
Observing Section Visual Presentations

Colin Robb

Ordinary Council Member
Astrophotography Group (lead)
Acre Road Support
Outreach (various)
ETMO Working Group
ASG Telescope Custodian

Frank Conn

Ordinary Council Member
Society Publicity
Constitution Working Group
Outreach Support (Various)
Auchengillen (Scouts) Point of Contact
Hamilton Low Parks Museum Point of contact
Custodian of the Lecture Attendance Book
ASG Telescope Custodian

Jim Foreman

Ordinary Council Member
Society Deputy Treasurer
Constitution Working Group

Laura Stenhouse

Ordinary Council Member
Facebook Moderator
Twitter Moderator
Social Media Working Group (lead)

Lorna Napier

Ordinary Council Member
Newsletter Editor (joint)
Newsletter Distribution (Email & Postage)
Curator of Outreach Materials
Acre Road Support

Chris O’Kane

Ordinary Council Member
Public Relations Spokesperson (TV/ Radio)
Newsletter Editor (joint)
RSPB Point of Contact
New Lanark Point of Contact
Whitelees Point of Contact
Acre Road Support
Curator of Outreach Materials

Ian Wylie

Ordinary Council Member
ETMO Working Group
Acre Road Support

The Astronomical Society of Glasgow is the largest Astronomical Society in Scotland, and is dedicated to promoting an interest in Astronomy.

The Society has been promoting Astronomy in Glasgow for over 100 years.  Membership of the Society is open to all; and anyone, even with the vaguest interests in Astronomy, is welcome to find out what the Society is about.

We are a member of the British Association of Planetaria, affiliated to the British Astronomical Association and the Scottish Astronomers' Group.  The society is a member of the Federation of Astronomical Societies, and is a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Charity Number SC049446).

The Society holds nine regular monthly lecture meetings from September through to May each year. Lectures are held in the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow city centre at 7.30pm, normally on the third Thursday of each month, however this does occasionally change to allow us to welcome some of our speakers who have busy schedules.
All topics of Astronomy are covered in the lectures from Planetary Science to Astrophotography and The Search for Life Beyond Earth. The lectures are free and are open to members and non-members alike. Prior to each meeting a Newsletter is circulated to the Membership giving details of the speaker, the lecture topic and other matters of timely interest.

We also have a number of observing evenings for our members, where we can take advantage of the 16" Meade LX200 telescope at University of Glasgow's Acre Road observatory, as well as some darker skies observing evenings at Mugdock country park just outside Glasgow.

The Society is also involved in a number of outreach events, bringing Astronomy to the people of Glasgow and further afield. At these events we provide a number of telescopes and the knowledge of the members to assist the public to look through them to see the craters on the moon, planets and distant stars. If the skies aren't clear on a particular evening, then we will share our knowledge with presentations and talks on various astronomy topics.

You can also find us on Facebook and on Twitter. Log on to see what we're doing there!

See you there,
The ASG.